Apologetics Archive

On the Feast of the Assumption

Posted August 15, 2016 By John C Wright

Send by a friend: There was a beautiful reading in the Office of Readings today. I thought I should share it, especially with John Wright. St. John of Damascus was a Syrian monk and priest, from the same stock from which the Maronites descended. He lived in the monastery of Mar Saba near Jerusalem in […]

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Darwin and Genesis

Posted January 29, 2016 By John C Wright

Back when I was an atheist, I was had in my arsenal, well polished from use, every argument that could be mustered against theism, and particularly against Christianity. There were two arguments I never bothered with, both because they are illogical, that is, they cannot be formed into a properly formatted syllogism. The first is […]

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The Lamps Go Out

Posted January 23, 2016 By John C Wright

St Elijah’s monastery stood on the outskirts of Mosul for 1,400 years, the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. It was been razed to the ground by the Islamic State: “Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely,” [Stephen Wood] said from his Colorado […]

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Defy the Devil: Celebrate Christmas

Posted December 21, 2015 By John C Wright

Announcing A.D. Day! Remember the scene in MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN, where our poor bald hero, Charlie Brown, dismayed and lost when he sees commercialization and selfishness robbing the meaning of Christmas, cries out in despair asking what the real meaning of Christmas is? And Linus, trusty blanket in hand, recites a fifty second quote […]

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Arthur and the Wall

Posted December 5, 2015 By John C Wright

I was working hard on my latest project, a yarn about a modern boy who wants to be a knight of King Arthur’s (who is not dead, you may recall, merely asleep), when a reader with the doglike name of Malcolm the Cynic wrote this note to a reader glum with the news of the […]

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Accommodating Miracles

Posted November 16, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader asked me about the Deist argument against miracles. The first argument, best elucidated by Thomas Paine in his unintentionally oxymoronically-titled AGE OF REASON, says that God, being an omnipotent and omniscient creator, has made the machinery of the universe with all the chains of cause and effect in place as neatly as clockwork, […]

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Being a ‘Bright’ Darkens the Intellect

Posted November 11, 2015 By John C Wright

Here is my column for today’s EveryJoe THE WRIGHT PERSPECTIVE, which I post herein hope of readers may make visiting the column a regular habit. Atheism Causes Brain Damage There are two kinds of atheist: a rational atheist, whose disbelief in God is grounded on some rational reason he can articulate, and an irrational atheist, […]

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The Essential Chesterton Essay

Posted October 17, 2015 By John C Wright

If one had to recommend to a muggle, that is, to someone who lives outside the secret wizardly universe of GK Chesterton, which is the first and best and most essential essay of Chesterton’s to read, I would select the following, which appeared in the book HERETICS. The reader will perhaps be disoriented to realize […]

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Science and Schism

Posted September 16, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader put forward the idea that the Protestant Reformation, allegedly by challenging the Christian desire for unity in dogma that hitherto differentiated Christians from pagans, allowed for freedom of inquiry in Protestant nations, and created or perhaps only encouraged the birth of science. This is an old, old slander, and one that was popular […]

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Compared to Eating a 2000-year-old Man

Posted July 10, 2015 By John C Wright

Since my last column was one of vexation, I thought I must say a word of admiration as well. I thought this was the cutest thing I have come across in quite a while, and surprisingly profound. This is from the pen of one Laura McAlister, who described herself as a Catholic, writer, tea-drinker, evangelist, […]

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